Thursday, 30 of October of 2014

Peggy McGuire

Peggy McGuire, Senior Research Associate and Training Specialist, UT Center for Literacy Studies

Guest Biography

Peggy McGuire is a training specialist and senior research associate at the UT Center for Literacy Studies. She was born and raised in Lebanon, PA, and now lives in the wooded hills about 10 miles from there in Mt. Gretna – a town built in 1892 on the site of a Church of the Brethren Summer Campmeeting, and a still-operating Chatauqua. Peggy has an MA in English with certification in the Teaching of Writing from Temple University. She has taught high school English in the Philadelphia School District and a variety of basic and technical writing courses at Temple. In 1984, she joined some neighbors in establishing a literacy project for low-income women in her community. She was the project’s first Literacy/ABE/GED Instructor, and eventually became its Executive Director, remaining in that position until the end of 1998.

Peggy has been working for CLS since 1999. Her experience includes research and program/resource development for adult literacy/ESOL/workforce development practitioners and learners. She served as the EFF Assessment Coordinator for the National Institute of Literacy; in that position she assisted with the development of the EFF content standards and assessment framework, and she planned and facilitated training for teachers in a number of states who assisted in EFF’s development through field research. In her subsequent work, Peggy has continued to support practitioners engaged in standards-based education. Her recent professional development activities have focused on training and resource development (including online course development/facilitation) in the implementation of standards-based teaching, learning and assessment (particularly in the areas of writing, math and work readiness) and in standards-based educational program quality improvement efforts. She has also provided research and evaluation support for some national math projects such as Teachers Investigating Adult Numeracy (TIAN) and the Adult Numeracy Initiative (ANI).

Peggy is a guest blogger in the National Coalition for Literacy online discussion of Reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act, July 19 – August 6, 2010.

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